Can You Play DSi Games From SD Card?

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By Valerie Becker

Are you tired of carrying multiple DSi game cartridges around with you? Or do you want to save some money by downloading DSi games online instead of purchasing physical copies?

If so, you might be wondering if it’s possible to play DSi games from an SD card. In this article, we’ll explore the answer to this question and provide you with some useful information about playing DSi games from an SD card.

What is DSi?

The Nintendo DSi is a handheld game console that was released in 2008. It’s the third iteration of the Nintendo DS family, following the original Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite. The DSi features several improvements over its predecessors, including larger screens, a built-in camera, and an SD card slot.

What is an SD Card?

An SD (Secure Digital) card is a small memory card that’s commonly used in digital cameras, smartphones, and other portable devices. It can store various types of files such as photos, videos, music, and even games. The Nintendo DSi supports standard SD cards up to 2GB in size and SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards up to 32GB in size.

Can You Play DSi Games From an SD Card?

The short answer is yes! You can play downloaded or copied DSi games from an SD card on your console. However, there are a few things that you need to know before doing so.

Firstly, your console needs to be hacked or modded in order to play games from an SD card. This involves installing custom firmware (CFW) onto your console that allows it to bypass security protocols and run unsigned code such as homebrew applications or pirated games.

Secondly, playing pirated games is illegal and can result in serious consequences such as fines or even imprisonment. We strongly advise against it and recommend that you only play games that you own or have obtained legally.

How to Play DSi Games From an SD Card

Assuming that you have a hacked DSi console and legal copies of DSi games, here’s how you can play them from an SD card:

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer and create a folder called “Games”.
  2. Download the games that you want to play and save them to the “Games” folder on your SD card. Make sure that the files are in .nds format.
  3. Eject the SD card from your computer and insert it into your DSi console.
  4. Turn on your console and navigate to the “Twilight Menu++” or “HiyaCFW” application, depending on which custom firmware you have installed.
  5. Select the game that you want to play from the list of available games.
  6. Enjoy playing DSi games from your SD card!


In summary, playing DSi games from an SD card is possible but requires hacking your console and obtaining legal copies of games. We hope that this article has provided you with some useful information about playing DSi games from an SD card. As always, we encourage responsible gaming practices and urge our readers to respect intellectual property rights.